A fight ‘over prostitutes’ in Bindura town between soldiers and gold panners left two members of the armed forces dead and one seriously injured.
The incident reportedly occurred around 1 AM on Tuesday. Locals said that the fight started in a bar and spilt outside where the miners armed themselves with machetes, knives and empty beer bottles and attacked 4 soldiers.
ZimLive.com reports that Zimbabwe National Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore revealed that the four soldiers were deployed in Bindura where they were to take part in rehearsals for the Independence Day parade.
The “altercation” between the armed forces and the artisanal miners took place in Chipadze.
On Tuesday the police rounded up women in the suburb suspected of being prostitutes for investigation, a move that has been condemned by lawyers.
The Young Women Institute, in a statement, condemned the mass the “harassment” of suspected prostitutes and artisanal miners by soldiers:
We condemn such barbaric violence on the innocent women being harassed. We call for an immediate end to the harassment of civilians, and the abuse of office by the soldiers. They must let the police do their job and allow for the law to take its course.